Ashton Kutcher vs. the DMV: Production company sues after reality show tanks

ashton-kutcher-men-320.jpgThey'll make a reality show about anything these days! Ashton Kutcher's production company Katalyst Media is suing the California Department of Motor Vehicles for pulling out of a reality show in 2010. The show, which was picked up for at least four episodes by TruTV, was described as an inside look at what life is like on the other side of those DMV lines.

"We've all spent time at the DMV, but few people know what it's like to work for the DMV. 'California DMV: Field Offices' promise to be a glimpse at what DMV workers experience, from strange to hilarious," Kutcher's partner Jason Goldberg said in a statement when the series was announced.

Along with production company Soda & Pop, Inc., Katalyst is suing the DMV for 1.44 million in damages for breach of contract -- because when filming was set to begin, the DMV pulled out of the project.

"The series was conceived and designed to capture the variously humorous, emotional, dramatic, moving, humanizing and entertaining situations that arise on a daily basis at DMV's more than 170 offices across the state of California," reads the complaint obtained by THR.

According to Katalyst, the DMV pulled out without a good excuse -- simply writing Goldberg a five-sentence letter claiming that the reality show would not be in the DMV's best interests.
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